KITE Introduces a New FOSS Based Operating System
Indian state Kerala’s state-owned KITE (Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education) has launched a new operating system (OS) called KITE GNU-Linux Lite 2020.
The operating system, expected to benefit millions of computer users in the State, will feature on the thousands of student laptops being provided as part of the Vidyashree scheme by the State government.
KITE GNU-Linux Lite is a lightweight, customized, free, and open-source OS built on top of the most popular Ubuntu Linux for the benefit of computer users in Kerala state.
Completely based on an Ubuntu free software platform, the new version of the OS comes pre-loaded with a bunch of software ranging from office packages, language input tools, Database applications to DTP-Graphics Image Editing software and soon.
By having installed the FOSS-based Operating System in over 2 lakh Laptops deployed in state schools as part of Hi-Tech projects, KITE had earlier provided an estimated savings of Rs 3000 crore for the state exchequer.
The OS suite also features several utility packages such as image Reader that provides image-to-text conversion.
Free Download Link
“The new Lite version OS has been developed in such a way that it can be installed even on computers with less computing power by effectively utilizing its storage space and thereby providing all integrated packages. The KITE GNU-Linux Lite 2020 can be download for free from the KITE website www.kite.kerala.gov.in, K. Anvar Sadath, CEO, KITE, said in a statement here.
All the First Bell digital classes being broadcast through the KITE Victers channel in recent months in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic use the FOSS-based video-editing applications, even at KITE’s district offices as part of regional content development.
All these facilities are now extend to the general public free of cost through KITE GNU-Linux Lite 2020, the statement added.
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